BALTO LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM POPPED AFTER WARNER WIN: The BALTIMORE SUN reports that the local kids are properly paying attention to college and pro football. A Baltimore-based Pop Warner team (12 to 15-year-olds) last week won their age-group national championship, defeating a team from Sarasota in the Finals in Florida.
But later after the game, a fight broke out between the Baltimore squad and a team from Hawaii, and the Baltos were ejected from their Disney resort accomodations.Needless to say, the Bengals have since dispatched a raft of scouts to B’More to open contract negotiations in earnest. Now if only Bobby Petrino’s Razorback charges can beat them to it.
BONUS: ZERO CHRIS BERMAN *LOOK AT ME!* BLOVIATING: Today’s highlights-when-they-were-a-tyke are brought to you by the ORLANDO SENTINEL, which gets ahold of some vid clips of Tim Tebow at 12:
The footage doesn’t disappoint (it really is rather astonishing) and is made all the more pleasant by the absence of Chris Berman’s nauseating narration.
FOOTBALL KIDS FORCED TO EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS TRICKS: The TRAVERSE CITY (MI) RECORD-EAGLE has the disturbing story of two football coaches who went too far in helping players lose weight:
Last year, about a dozen players for the Danbury, CT, Pop Warner team were above the 110-pound weight limit just days before their first game - with one kid over by 9 pounds. Two volunteer coaches decided to take drastic measures to ensure rapid weight loss.The boys - between the ages of 7 and 13 - were forced to sweat it out in saunas, and drive around in cars with the windows rolled up & the heaters on full blast.
They practiced while wearing plastic garbage bags, hoping to sweat away more pounds. Some were even given over-the-counter diuretic pills to speed up fluid loss and reduce more weight.Although the players did lose enough to reach the 100-lb limit, parents complained to authorities about the extreme actions taken.
The coaches were charged with felony child endangerment, which can carry up to 10 years in prison. But the two avoided prosecution when they entered a program for first-time offenders. If they complete two years’ probation, the charges will be dropped.
Someone should force them to wear garbage bags, too.